Parquet flooring is made from a composition of wooden materials that are then combined and cut into wooden blocks. These contrasting tiles are then installed in geometric patterns, contrasting squares or triangles that add an interesting look to just about any floor. The most popular parquet pattern is considered to be the herringbone pattern. Parquet flooring offers the benefits of wood flooring along with great patterns and colours.

Whether it is new, existing or reclaimed, Parquet blocks can be made from just about any type of wood, including cherry, oak, walnut, pine and even the more expensive mahogany. Your choice of materials will influence the overall look and feel of the floors in your home and the cost of the flooring itself. Once the materials have been combined, the resulting product is cut into blocks, and these blocks are then installed in the same manner as tiles.

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No two floors are the same when it comes to parquet floors. Since the materials are combined and then cut before they are installed, each floor will have varying types of wood with varying grains and colours to ensure that each tile is unique. If you are looking for something truly unique in your floor, this is the way to go.

Parquet tiles do not have many disadvantages, but you will need to maintain them properly to keep them looking as good as new. A few cons are that parquet can scratch easily and also can fade if exposed for long periods of time to direct sunlight. Another disadvantage is that parquet flooring may need to be polished, sanded and re-sealed periodically.

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When installing parquet, it is always best to call in the services of a professional. Once the wooden pieces have been combined, the tiles will be cut, glued and placed in the patterns that you have selected. Once this process is complete, the tiles will be sanded down and varnished to retain the shine and quality of the floors. It is best to treat parquet floors as if they were traditional wooden floors, since wood is their main component. Avoid cleaning with abrasive materials. Vacuum frequently. Use only recommended cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Control humidity and wipe up spills quickly.